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  • North Korea ballistic missile test fails: Report

    04/28/2017 2:31:40 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.cnbc.com ^ | 04-28-2017 | Christine Wang | @christiiineeee
    North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in local time, Korean news service Yonhap reported citing South Korea's military. Yonhap reported that the test appears to have failed. One U.S. official confirmed to NBC news that there was a test, but that it was not nuclear. The incident comes as the United States reconsiders its strategy in dealing with the isolated nation. In an interview with Reuters published late Thursday, President Donald Trump said he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion missile defense system. The system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), is designed to...
  • Syria war: Israel Patriot missile downs 'target' over Golan

    04/27/2017 12:54:58 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 Apr 17
    Israel shot down "a target" over the Golan Heights, hours after it was accused of a missile strike at a military site near Damascus international airport. Israel deployed its Patriot missile defence system and media reported the target was a drone. The earlier strike had damaged what Syrian rebels said was an arms depot run by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. Israel said the explosion was "consistent" with its policy. But it stopped short of confirming it was responsible
  • Russian Warship Sinks in the Black Sea After Collision

    04/27/2017 11:00:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    A Russian navy ship has sunk after it collided with a Togo-flagged vessel off the Turkish coast on Thursday, shipping agent GAC said. The Turkish coast guard said that all 78 personnel in the Russian intelligence vessel named Liman have been rescued.
  • Russian navy intelligence ship sinks after collision with freighter off Turkish coast

    04/27/2017 8:26:12 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 27 Apr 17 | Kareem Fahim and Andrew Roth
    ISTANBUL — A Russian naval intelligence ship sank Thursday after colliding with a merchant freighter in the Black Sea near Istanbul, the Turkish coast guard said. All 78 crew members on the Russian vessel were rescued. The crew of the freighter, a Togo-flagged ship traveling from Romania to Jordan and carrying 8,800 sheep, was unharmed and the ship suffered slight damage to its bow, according to local media reports. In Moscow, Russia's Defense Ministry issued a statement confirming that the vessel, the Liman, went down after the collision tore a hole in the hull below the waterline.
  • Russian spy ship sinks off Turkey after collision with freighter

    04/27/2017 7:21:52 AM PDT · by Krosan · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | May 27th, 2017 | BBC
    A Russian spy ship has sunk off the Turkish coast after being breached in a collision with a freighter, with all its crew rescued, the Turkish coastal authority says. Russia confirmed earlier that the hull of the Liman, part of its Black Sea Fleet, had sustained a breach, with crew working to keep it afloat. The cause of the collision is unclear but fog was reported in the area. The ship hit a Togo-flagged boat carrying livestock, Turkish media say. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, to express his sadness over the collision, sources in...
  • Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport: sources

    04/27/2017 1:58:56 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 Apr 17 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Angus McDowall
    Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional sources said, targeting weapons regularly sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes. Video carried on Lebanese TV and shared on social media sites showed the pre-dawn airstrikes caused a fire around the airport east of Damascus, suggesting fuel sources or weapons containing explosives were hit. Israel does not usually comment on any action it takes in Syria or the wider region. But Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, speaking to Army Radio from the United States, appeared to confirm...
  • Syria conflict: 'Huge explosion' rocks Damascus airport

    04/26/2017 11:09:50 PM PDT · by Spiridon · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/27/2017 | BBC
    A large explosion has hit an area near Damascus International Airport, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. "The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK based monitoring group. The airport lies about 25km (15 miles) south-east of Syria's capital. The blast was reportedly followed by a large fire. There is no word on casualties. The cause is unclear......
  • Bulgaria opts for Swedish Gripen combat jets

    04/26/2017 5:50:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 26, 2017
    SOFIA, April 26 (Reuters) - Bulgaria has decided to start talks with Sweden to acquire eight new Gripen combat jets made by SAAB, interim deputy prime minister Stefan Yanev said on Wednesday, as the Balkan country seeks to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s. The Balkan country has picked the Swedish offer in preference to an offer from Portugal of secondhand U.S. F-16s equipped with U.S. weaponry and an offer from Italy of secondhand Eurofighter Typhoon fighters. A deal is estimated to be worth about 1.5 billion levs ($836 million). A special commission for the negotiations is expected to be set...
  • China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLAN: Type 001A

    04/26/2017 2:53:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Wednesday, 26 April 2017
    The launching ceremony of China's second aircraft carrier was held at the Dalian Shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) on the morning of April 26, 2017. Gen. Fan Changlong, member of the political bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLANFive years after commissioning the Liaoning (its first aircraft carrier) China launched this morning its second carrier – the Type 001A. Unlike the Liaoning, Type 001A was fully built in China....
  • Top U.S. general in Afghanistan sees Russia sending weapons to Taliban

    04/25/2017 3:07:12 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25 Apr 17 | Idrees Ali
    The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban. General John Nicholson was speaking in Kabul during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. For some time, American officials have complained of what Nicholson once called "malign influence" by Russia in Afghanistan, but Monday's comments are among the strongest suggestions yet that Moscow is providing arms to the Taliban. Asked about reports that Russia was providing a range of help, including weapons, to the Taliban, who control large areas of Afghanistan,...
  • RAF Typhoon pilots using the world's most advanced fighter helmet scramble for Romania ...

    04/24/2017 10:02:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 24 April 2017 | RICHARD SPILLETT
    Four RAF Typhoon pilots using the world's most advanced fighter helmet set off for Eastern Europe today as tensions with Russia mounted. Theresa May sanctioned the sending of British RAF resources to patrol the skies over the Black Sea alongside local jets to reassure Eastern European countries in the face of increased aggression from Vladimir Putin. The four Typhoons, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron will lead the deployment, which is part of the Nato southern air policing mission. Pilots are using the new £250,000 Striker II helmet, which boasts in-built digital night vision that identifies enemy targets by red and yellow...
  • Director Rob Reiner: Russian Meddling Is ‘Greatest Attack’ on Democracy Since Pearl Harbor

    04/24/2017 1:47:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 89 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 24, 2017 3:49 pm | Sam Dorman
    Liberal activist and Hollywood director Rob Reiner slammed President Donald Trump on Monday and suggested that Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election was the "greatest attack" on American democracy since Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. "We've had the greatest attack of this democracy since 1941, and we have to understand that," Reiner said on MSNBC. Reiner also suggested that American society might collapse given the pressure Russia placed on democratic institutions in the country. Japan drew the United States into World War II after attacking its naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941, killing...
  • “Queer Communism” For Kids

    04/24/2017 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 24, 2017 | Cliff Kincaid
    Since MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is still preoccupied with the supposed influence of Russia on President Donald Trump and the American political process, we suggest that the publication of a new book called Communism for Kids by MIT Press is worthy of her attention. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian revolution, this book offers a glimpse into an uprising that was global in scope and which has not only destroyed the moral fiber of Russia, but has also done enormous damage to America. The author of Communism for Kids, Bini Adamczak, writes that "the Russian revolution...
  • Russia and Turkey Military Drills Come Amid Fresh Syrian War and NATO Tensions [Ezekiel 38-39]

    04/24/2017 7:37:33 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/5/2017 | Tom O'Connor
    Russia and Turkey held joint naval drills in the Black Sea region Wednesday as the nations found themselves aligned with opposing sides in conflicts in Europe and the Middle East. Russia's Black Sea Fleet joined the Turkish navy in the strategic body of water, which has been a source of heightened tensions due to parallel military exercises by Russia and members of NATO, of which Turkey was a part. Russia deployed its Kalibr cruise missile-equipped Admiral Grigorovich frigate, Udaloy-class Vice Admiral Zakharin destroyer and Raptor patrol boat to participate in the operations while Turkey sent its Barbados frigate and the...
  • Ryan: Russian meddling probes can help US allies

    04/23/2017 8:19:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/22/17 | Max Greenwood
    Speaker Paul Ryan Paul RyanFive fights for Trump’s first year Sunday shows preview: Trump stares down 100-day mark Ryan: Focus is on keeping government open, not healthcare MORE (R-Wis.) said Saturday that ongoing federal investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election could help prevent similar interference in the elections of U.S. allies. "What we're doing through our investigation process is to figure out exactly what is it they did and how they did it so that we can help, equip and assist our allies to prevent the same kind of thing happening to them," Ryan said at a...
  • Russia's new Arctic Trefoil military base unveiled with virtual tour

    04/21/2017 8:14:56 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/18/2017 | Unknown
    Visitors to the Russian defence ministry website can now take a "virtual tour" of a new military base in a remote region of the Arctic. Such media openness contrasts markedly with Russia's traditional military secrecy. However, the tour does not show any new military hardware. The Arctic Trefoil permanent base is in Franz Josef Land, a huge ice-covered, desolate archipelago. The Russian military sees the resource-rich Arctic as a key strategic region.
  • Putin sends troops to Russia's border with North Korea after China sends troops [truncated]

    04/20/2017 10:25:34 PM PDT · by topher · 70 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | 20-April-2017 | Will Steward in Moscow
    Full Title: Putin sends troops to Russia's border with North Korea after China also sends soldiers to its boundary over fears Trump will attack Kim Jong-un, sparking a tidal wave of refugees Vladimir Putin is sending troops and equipment to Russia's border with North Korea over fears the US is preparing to attack Kim Jong-un. The Russian President fears there will be a huge exodus of North Korean refugees if his American counterpart, Donald Trump, launches military action against Pyongyang.
  • Russia court outlaws 'extremist' Jehovah's Witnesses

    04/20/2017 2:20:39 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 77 replies
    BBC ^ | April 20, 2017
    Russia's Supreme Court has accepted the government's request to designate Jehovah's Witnesses as an outlawed religious group, deeming it to be an extremist organisation. The justice ministry argued that the group had distributed pamphlets which incited hatred against other groups. Lawyers representing the group reject the claims and say they will appeal. The denomination says it has 175,000 members in Russia - a country where it was persecuted during the Stalin era. An estimated eight million people worldwide are part of the Christian-based movement, best known for going door-to-door looking for new converts.
  • South Korean presidential candidate concerned about Trump's aircraft carrier story

    04/20/2017 11:01:58 AM PDT · by topher · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 20-April-2017 | FoxNews.com
    President Trump’s comments about moving the USS Carl Vinson toward North Korea in a show of force have sparked confusion and could cause South Korea to "not trust" what Trump says for the remainder of his term, a South Korea presidential candidate said Wednesday. Hong Joon-pyo, the candidate from Park Geun-hye’s party, said Trump’s comments about moving the USS Carl Vinson toward North Korea in a show of force spurred by that rogue nation's nuclear program was important to South Korea’s security, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Syria Moves Entire Fleet of Warplanes to Russian Base

    04/20/2017 11:12:03 AM PDT · by drewh · 22 replies
    Debkflies ^ | April 19, 2017, 11:20 PM | Gioria Shamis and Diane Shalem
    Syria has moved all its fighter aircraft to the Russian Hmeimim air base in Latakia three weeks after 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles knocked out one-fifth of its air force at the Shayrat base, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in Idlib. This was reported Wednesday night, April 19, by the Pentagon. The Russian high command in Syria has its seat at that base. Military sources report that the Syrian air force will operate henceforth under Russian protection and behind the advanced Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense shield without fear of US reprisals. President Vladimir Putin’s response...